Meet the Winners of the NAHB Student Competition

Filed in IBS, Student Chapters by on January 28, 2020 6 Comments

Not only is the NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS) the largest annual light construction show in the world, it serves as a showcase for the next generation of home builders as hundreds of young people face off in the annual NAHB Student Competition.

NAHB’s 2020 Student Competition featured 60 teams that competed during IBS 2020 in Las Vegas, Jan. 20-22. This year’s competition included 39 four-year programs, 14 associate programs and seven secondary programs. The event was generously sponsored by Beazer Homes, Clayton Properties Group, Consort Homes, DR Horton, K. Hovnanian and Toll Brothers.

The winners were announced in a ceremony last week at IBS. See below for all of the winners, including the Rookie of the Year awards, which honor schools making their first competition appearance. And mark your calendars for next year’s IBS and Student Competition, Feb. 9-11, 2021, in Orlando.

Four-Year Programs

The team from Michigan State University took the top prize in the four-year programs competition.

First Place: Michigan State University

Second Place: Brigham Young University

Third Place: University of Wisconsin – Stout

Fourth Place: Texas A&M University

Fifth Place: Tarleton State University

Rookie of the Year: Tuskegee University


Associate Programs 

Kirkwood Community College came out on top in the student competition for associate degree programs.

First Place: Kirkwood Community College

Second Place: Brigham Young University – Idaho Team 2

Third Place: Pennsylvania College of Technology Team 1

Rookie of the Year: Collin College


Secondary Programs

The student competition for secondary (high school) programs is broken into two categories: architecture and construction management.


Students from Shadow Ridge High School pose with their trophies for winning the architecture competition for secondary programs.

First Place: Shadow Ridge High School

Rookie of the Year: Charles J. Colgan, Sr. High School

Construction Management

Dowell J. Howard Center took the top spot in the construction management competition for secondary programs.

First Place: Dowell J. Howard Center

Rookie of the Year: Dowell J. Howard Center



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  1. Jay Iverson says:

    This is such an awesome series of events. If you’re not paying attention, you need to. The judges put in a crazy number of hours, as do the students. Try to witness it next year, you’ll be pleased with the direction that the youth are going to take our industry.

  2. Dean Soderbeck says:

    Please get active with your local HBA on starting a NAHB Student Chapter. Students that presented their proposals last week are the BEST in the industry. Judging the competition prior to the show takes takes 2 to 3 hours per project to review but it is all worth it. These students that competed are the brightest in our industry and I look forward to next years competition. Team Coaches, keep up the great work with the students, because they are our future in this great industry.

  3. Would it be possible for NAHB to post a brief summary of what the winners did for their project?

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